I’m thinking of a wonderful place to take a holiday, but I can’t quite remember its name. Perhaps you can help if I describe it to you? The place I’m thinking of has a landscape that is flat as far as the eye can see, with the odd traditional windmills here and there. In the springtime, the land becomes a riot of vibrant colour as fields of tulips burst into bloom, making it very popular with visitors. What’s that you say? Holland?
It’s a good guess, but I was fooling you.
The place I’m thinking about is Lincolnshire, and as UK holiday destinations go it’s no exaggeration to say that Lincolnshire really does offer something for everyone.
For the seaside holiday fanatic, the Lincolnshire coast offers many traditional British seaside resorts from Cleethorpes in the north with its golden beaches and Victorian pier, down through charming and historic Mablethorpe and on to the ever-popular Skegness, home of the first Butlins holiday camp and famed for its ‘Jolly Fisherman’ motif. Smaller, more intimate resorts such as Ingoldmells , Chapel St. Leonards and Anderby Creek offer seaside fun at a rather more sedate pace.
Nature lovers and birdwatchers will be rewarded by venturing slightly further south along the Lincolnshire coast to the Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve: three miles of unspoilt coastline preserved by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to provide a variety of habitats for species including orchids, reptiles, common and rarely seen birds, butterflies and moths.
Lincolnshire has just as much for holidaymakers to enjoy away from the coast. Take the Lincolnshire Wolds, for example. This designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty provided inspiration for Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson, who was born and lived locally. Nowadays the Wolds provide the perfect terrain for leisurely walking, cycling or horse riding, with plenty of friendly Bed and Breakfast accommodation close at hand.
Lincolnshire’s many welcoming and traditional cities, towns and villages also make a stay in the area really worthwhile. The delightful market of Spalding sits at the heart of one of Britain’s centres of flower production, an association celebrated around the beginning of May each year with the spectacular Spalding Flower Parade.
Stamford is noteworthy since it built entirely of Cotswold stone and is one of the UK’s few remaining stone-built villages. This lends Stamford a uniquely picturesque quality, which has lent itself to appearances in films as diverse as Pride and Prejudice and The Da Vinci Code.
And ultimately there’s Lincoln itself, home to the third largest cathedral in Britain, and a city enriched with fine architecture and historic buildings, yet which remains thoroughly modern and vibrant too.
Listing Lincolnshire’s qualities would take forever: it’s easier and more fun to discover them for yourself. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, fun at the seaside, in town or in the country, Lincolnshire promises you a sparkling holiday.
In fact, the only thing that’s flat about Lincolnshire is its beautiful landscape.